I've been wanting to do a lesson on "family" and I thought Russian nesting dolls, or formerly known as, Matryoshka dolls, would be perfect. They're a collection of dolls that belong together not only by physical design but by one common element. Using this theme of belonging, students designed a group of nesting dolls that were somehow linked together, whether they were characters from a story, their actual families, or a type of food. Students drew and painted on strips of watercolor paper and glued them together. The cylinders are hollow inside so each piece stacks on top of the other.